Vaughan Mills
Vaughan Mills is a large shopping centre in Canada located at the southeast corner of Highway 400 and Rutherford Road, in Vaughan, Ontario about 32 km north of Downtown Toronto. The mall is located adjacent to Canada's Wonderland. Vaughan Mills opened on November 4, 2004, and was the first regional enclosed shopping complex in the Greater Toronto Area since the Erin Mills Town Centre opened in 1990. It has almost 1.2 million square feet (110,000 m²) of retail space. The shopping centre was designed and built by Ivanhoe Cambridge and The Mills Corporation; the latter owning a portfolio of malls across the United States. JPRA served as the design architect for the center, with Bregman + Hamann Architects as the project architect. Like its American counterparts, Vaughan Mills incorporates a " race track" layout to maximize the exposure of the mall tenants. The complex has over 200 retail stores, restaurants, and entertainment outlets. Fifteen anchor retailers are present, including Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, H&M, The Children's Place, and Urban Behaviour. Entertainment located on the site include Lucky Strike Lanes and NASCAR Speedpark. In August 2006, The Mills Corporation announced it was selling the stake in the Vaughan Mills to partner Ivanhoe Cambridge and completed at the end of the month. Vaughan Mills currently stands at the 13th largest mall in Canada.

When Vaughan Mills was originally conceived in 1999, it was meant to be a slightly larger complex at 1.4 million square feet (130,000 m²), with up to 18 anchor retailers and a combined 240 stores and services. The shopping centre intended to be a stepping stone for American retailers wanting to enter the Canadian market. In September 1999, Bed Bath & Beyond and Sun & Ski Sports were among the six American retailers that were announced as Vaughan Mills' first anchor tenants. An ESPN X Games Skatepark was also planned as the main entertainment venue on the site. The mall originally had a projected opening date of Fall 2001. However, an economic recession in 2000 forced planners to scale down on the size of Vaughan Mills. Furthermore, many American retailers left the project, leaving existing Canadian companies to fill the void. The project suffered numerous delays and construction finally began in June 2003. At its opening, Vaughan Mills suffered from a relatively low number of parking spots with just over 6,300 spaces. Canada's Wonderland, a former Paramount theme park, was closed for the season and it provided temporary parking for staff and customers. Despite this early setback, the mall has been a rousing success and it welcomed its 2 millionth visitor less than 2 months after its opening.

  • Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World (131,184 sq ft (12,187 m 2))
  • The Children's Place (20,255 sq ft (1,882 m 2))
  • Designer Depot (36,722 sq ft (3,412 m 2))
  • H & M (20,054 sq ft (1,863 m 2))
  • Holt Renfrew Last Call (29,570 sq ft (2,747 m 2))
  • La Senza/La Senza Girl (20,054 sq ft (1,863 m 2))
  • Lucky Strike Lanes (26,367 sq ft (2,450 m 2))
  • NASCAR SpeedPark (39,369 sq ft (3,657 m 2)., 15,134 sq ft (1,406 m 2). mezzanine, 54,503 sq ft (5,063 m 2). total)
  • Old Navy (20,000 sq ft (2,000 m 2))
  • Pro Hockey Life (30,000 square feet(9000 square meters))
  • Style Sense
  • Tommy Hilfiger (20,311 sq ft (1,887 m 2))
  • Winners/HomeSense (61,494 sq ft (5,713 m 2)

In 2005, The Mills and Ivanhoe Cambridge sold off the northern Outparcel lands to another developer, who has built up the lands.

Exemptions to the Retail Business Holidays Act
Region of York passed an exemption to Ontario's Retail Business Holidays Act such that Vaughan Mills is allowed to open on the following statutory holidays: New Year's Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day Christmas day and Thanksgiving Day. Currently, Vaughan Mills only closes its doors 2 days a year, those being Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Future development
Ivanhoe Cambridge has plans for three more Mills-style locations in Canada. CrossIron Mills, located just outside of Calgary, Alberta, opened on August 19, 2009. It features a number of the same retailers featured in the Vaughan Mills mall, including Bass Pro Shops; the CrossIron Mills location opened in the spring of 2009, several months ahead of the main mall. The construction, leasing, and opening of the mall has paralleled Vaughan Mills to a degree, as it, too, has occurred during an economic recession. CrossIron Mills has a larger footprint than Vaughan Mills, but lacks, at present, any direct access to local transit services. The other locations being considered include:
  • Laval, Quebec near Montreal, Quebec at the intersection of Quebec Autoroute 440 and Quebec Autoroute 25.
  • Vancouver, British Columbia

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